|Posted on October 31, 2019 at 12:35 AM|
“October is the opal month of the year. It is the month of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture-month.”
- Henry Ward Beecher
As we are settling into the Fall season; I thought it would be a great time to touch base on some upcoming changes to the studio – Don’t worry, it’s nothing too drastic! This isn’t going to be a super exciting blog – But one that I feel is necessary based on how the last eight months have gone for me in my new location; all thanks to you guys and your amazing support of my business!
Relocating was the most nerve-wracking, yet exciting decisions I made for 2019 -- I knew that in order to really grow my business I had to get into my own suite so I could have more flexibility for some of the services that I offer. This turned out to be one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. Because of the new flexibility to my schedule my little business has blossomed and flourished in ways I couldn’t even dream of, which is leading me to make a few minor adjustments to my schedule.
I am not removing any days that I am currently working – I am however going to be adjusting my hours slightly, so that I am able to have more of a life at home with my husband and our dog. Life is all about balance, am I right?! I will slowly be transitioning into my new schedule starting immediately, but also working around appointments that have already been booked. Ultimately my new schedule won’t be 100% in effect until January 2020, and of course I will keep you all in the loop of that via social media as changes are being made, etc.
Here's what my new schedule will look like!
Mondays: 10AM – 7PM
Tuesdays: 10AM – 8PM
Thursdays: 10AM – 8PM
Fridays: 10AM – 5PM
Saturdays: [Alternating] 10AM – 4PM
I will definitely always encourage you to pre-book your next appointment before we end our time together; this will ensure that you’re getting a time slot and a day that works best with your schedule, for each and every appointment. You can also schedule multiple appointments at a time, this is perfect to time out those important events you have happening in your lives.
After much thought about my service menu offerings; I am also in the process of reworking the structure for services to make it easier and more streamlined for you when booking! I feel that because the beauty world is always evolving with looks/techniques and services, that my menu should also reflect that and keep up with the times so to speak. As this is a more tedious task; I am anticipating that it will be ready to launch in January of 2020 as well and I really think you all will love the changes that I am working on.
Thank you so much for checking out my blog, like I said it’s nothing too exciting but it’s definitely a great PSA style blog for a few changes that will be happening in the studio!
|Posted on September 2, 2019 at 7:35 PM|
Slow and Steady Wins the Race!
What you need to know about going lighter!
BRIGHT. BOLD. BLONDE.
It’s all the rage right now – Everyone wants to be “icy white” and they want it now. Thanks to the lovely world of social media we’re drowning in photos showcasing gorgeous blondes, just in awe of how bright and crisp they are. Of course, as a hair stylist we want to make all your hair dreams come true – and it would be even better if we could do it in one session. However, that just isn’t the case sometimes. You see going lighter requires patience, on your end as the client and our end as the stylist. The more patience and understanding we both have about what going lighter entails; the better our final destination will be on this hair journey!
Obviously becoming a bright blonde (or any shade of blonde) will require the use of lightener – Lightener removes existing pigment in the hair; whether that pigment be naturally existing or chemically added from previous color. Formulating for this is dependent on a few things; the current condition of your hair, what your end goal is regarding how blonde you’re trying to get, what color(s) currently exist in your hair.
#1 – Condition of Your Hair.
In situations where the hair is compromised from previous color/lightening; further lightening will only add to the damage that already exists – Which is not what I want for any of my clients and why I may have to put you on a ‘Hair Repair’ plan before we can get you lighter. This is extremely important to me; as a stylist it is my job to protect the integrity of your hair to the best of my ability, by doing so; your hair will continue to stay healthy and happy throughout the lightening process.
#2 – What are Your Blonde Goal(s)?
This is where any photos you’ve stumbled across along your time on the internet will come in handy! Having photos helps me as the stylist not only see how light you’re trying to get; but also determine what look you’re going after so I can decide the best method of application for you and your lifestyle.
#3 – Current Hair Situation.
After determining your #HairGoals I will assess the current situation of your hair in regard to the colors and pigments that are presented at the time of our consultation. This will help me to properly formulate how I am going to make you lighter and turn you into that blonde goddess you’ve been dreaming of.
Once we’ve done a thorough consultation and created a plan; the process to becoming blonde begins – For some clients this can happen fairly easily and in a short amount of time; for others this process can take months to achieve. Don’t let the process discourage you; hair adventures are worth the wait, and you will have the chance to enjoy various blonde looks on the way to your final Blonde(s)!
Check out these progress photos on one of my clients with her blonde journey!
We began mid-February with our blonde adventure; as you can see, she was previously dark, and I estimated that she would need 3-4 sessions to fully remove and balance her previous color. The second photo is what we were able to achieve during her first visit – I chose to do a heavy highlight as this helps to control how evenly the lightener processes from root to end and creates a more natural looking blend.
She stayed faithful with maintaining her blondes at home with proper home care; as well as coming every 8-10 weeks for highlights paired with haircuts and conditioning treatments as needed. It took us 4 sessions over 6.5 months to achieve this bright and ashy blonde look!
I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out what it means to go lighter and I can’t wait to travel on your hair journey with you!
|Posted on May 22, 2019 at 10:35 PM|
Giving Back: My Lewis House Experience
At some point in our lives; we’ve had struggles some far worse than others – But it’s not a competition at who’s had the most. We never anticipate that our lives could be faced with adversity and one can hope to never experience it. For some of us, it’s a reality, whether it’s a brief moment or years of torture, often times you would never know just looking at a person that they’re struggling from day to day with issues unknown to the naked eye.
For a while I have been brainstorming ways to give back to my community by giving the gift of beauty! I have a great passion for my industry and I want to share this passion with anyone I come across. I’m a firm believer that when you look good, you feel good! Even something as simple as a haircut can turn your day around – Which is why I began my research for a local Women’s Shelter – I then stumbled across The Lewis House organized by 360 Communities and something in my heart told me this was it, this was exactly what I was looking for!
The Lewis House is an organization that was founded by Minnesota State Senator B. Robert Lewis on August 28, 1979. He created legislative aid to women who were victims of domestic violence; while also creating funding statewide for battered women and their families. The original Lewis House was welcomed into the Eagan area and housed 41 women and 64 children in it’s first year! In 1985, 360 Communities began and was the first organization of its kind in the United States for the sole purpose of helping battered women.
Today was a day I will never forget; I met some amazing women who despite horrible circumstances are making the most out of their lives and going after their goals, proving that they are strong and unbreakable. It’s always great to give someone a fresh new look; but knowing that they are at what could be the lowest point of their life and giving them something so simple while meaning so much, is a priceless and indescribable feeling. I enjoyed meeting each and every one of them and spending time with them, knowing they are well on their way to bigger and better things!
If you’re interested in learning more about The Lewis House or 360 Communities; check out their website at http://www.360communities.org – There is great information about the history of Lewis House, plus volunteer opportunities or donation lists.
“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” - Unknown
|Posted on April 9, 2019 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
It’s officially been Spring for a couple of weeks now; and we’ve been enjoying the warmer weather, sunshine and all the excitement that a new season brings! I don’t know about you, but when Spring rolls in I get the itch to purge my house of items I am no longer using. When purging; our go to areas are of course the closet; various rooms in the home and the garage. I feel like there’s an area that tends to get left behind, our makeup/product storage.
It’s crazy that we forget to go through our makeup and hair products that we use almost daily! While using older skincare or hair product isn’t fatal, the products won’t be at their best performance level, or depending on the type of product infection could occur with continued use.
While most products have a cute little jar icon with a number next to it on the package indicating that particular item’s shelf life in months once opened; here’s a helpful guideline for the shelf life of your favorite products!
Skin Care Products:
• Cleansers: 1 Year after opening / 3 Years unopened
• Moisturizers: 1 Year after opening / 3 Years unopened
• Eye Creams: 1 Year after opening / 3 Years unopened
• Anti-Aging / Acne Products: 3 Months – 1 Year
Hair / Body Care Products:
• Shampoo: Up to 3 Years
• Conditioner: Up to 3 Years
• Styling Products: 3-5 Years
• Body Lotion: 1 year after opening / 3 Years unopened
• Shower Gel: Up to 3 years
• Bath Oil: 1 Year after opening
• Eyeliner: (Gel) 6 Months / (Pencil) 1 Year
• Mascara: 3-6 Months
• Powders: 1-2 Years
• Foundation: (Pot) 6 Months / Pump 1-2 Years
• Lipsticks: 2 Years
Now that you have some guidelines; it’s important to note that natural based products will have a shorter shelf life than those with preserving ingredients in them. Usually natural based products have a 3 – 6 Month shelf life after opening. Also, if your products start to change color or consistency it’s time to replace them, as an ingredient has expired which could cause it to be less effective or cause a possible reaction.
Once you’ve cleaned out your beauty items; you may be like myself and realize you’ve got quite the collection that will be tough to use in those shelf life periods. I suggest asking friends/family if they’d be interested in any of your products, you could use them for future gifts, or even donate to a Women’s Shelter near you! The possibilities are endless for sharing your unused beauty items!
|Posted on March 3, 2019 at 6:30 PM|
Eyelashes. We’ve all got em, some of us are naturally blessed with long gorgeous lashes, while some of us go through life testing out a variety of growth serums, magic mascaras and strip lashes only adding to our frustration and contributing to our ‘Makeup Graveyard’ that let’s be real, majority of us girls (and guys) have.
What if there was a way to alleviate your frustration with your limp and lifeless lash line? [Insert an ‘As Seen on TV’ styled monologue with numerous photos/video of sad people with sad lashes] Okay, joking aside there is a way to get the lashes you’ve always dreamed of, without the strings attached.
Eyelash enhancements have been around since the 1800’s – How cool is that?! Luckily for us we’ve got some pretty awesome technology in 2019 when it comes to Eyelash Extensions, the adhesives used, techniques for application and at home care, so you can keep your lashes (natural and extensions) in tip top shape!
Now, I know what you’re thinking. What are eyelash extensions? Or maybe you’ve heard of them, but you’re leery because of what you’ve heard. No worries, I’m here to fill you in on some basic information and put your fears to rest.
- Misunderstanding #1: They’ll ruin your eyelashes.
While there’s some truth to this (I’ll explain) this is a common misunderstanding. We’ve all got access to the internet, so of course we can google or search social media for almost anything these days. Which is pretty cool, but also can create some issue with misinformation.
When applied properly; eyelash extensions do not cause any damage to your natural lashes. As a certified Lash Extension tech I have been trained to apply lashes that are appropriate for your natural length and thickness; to prevent any damage to your natural lashes.
- Misunderstanding #2: Eyelash Extensions are permanent.
While it would be amazing if they were permanent; our lashes go through their growth cycle every 30-60 days on average, which is why lash fills are necessary to add extensions to the newly grown in lashes every 3-4 weeks.
- Misunderstanding #3: There’s no maintenance required.
Not to sound all parental; but eyelash extensions are a privilege and should be treated as such. Meaning; you’ve taken the time to find a reputable salon to get your first set of eyelash extensions; so why won’t you take the time to pamper those babies! Your Eyelash Extension Tech should have an after care card to give you; as well as cleansing options, brushes and even makeup that is safe for your lash extensions so that your at home care is a breeze!
- Misunderstanding #4: You don’t need to be on a Fill Schedule.
Your Eyelash Extension Tech may have different approaches with how to schedule your lash fill – I recommend to my Lash clients to prebook at the end of their Lash Date, so that we know she’s staying on track to keep her eyelashes looking their best. It’s important to stay on a 3-4 week Fill schedule to keep your natural lashes healthy and to maintain that full lash line.
- Misunderstanding #5: Length of Extensions V. Length of Natural Lashes
In a perfect world I would be able to just give you the longest/thickest eyelash extensions and it wouldn’t be an issue, however I practice Safe Lashing. This means that I will not apply an extension that is too long or heavy for what your natural lash can handle. (Makes me seem like a meanie, I know) I do it though because I want to keep your natural lashes healthy and happy, so by not overloading them with a lash that’s not a good fit your lashes will stay unharmed during your eyelash extension affair!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading some pretty common misunderstandings of Eyelash Extensions and maybe I’ve even convinced you to give them a try someday, or else I’ve just made you more comfortable with the idea of them. Either way there’s a solution for (almost any) beauty woe and I’m here to help you conquer them!